Monday, November 28, 2011

'Why Write A Series' with Erotic Romance Author Cassandra Carr

Welcome to the blog a return offender ;) This author stopped by back in April with her release, 'Talk To Me'. Now, she's back, and with some menage' action (YES!) and a little insight as to why we're seeing more series' by authors. Without further adieu:

About the Author:
Cassandra Carr is a multi-published erotic romance writer who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. Head Games, Buffalo Intimidators book 1, released on November 2, 2011 from Siren Bookstrand, Caught will release December 13, 2011 from Loose Id, and Impact is coming in early 2012 from Ellora's Cave.

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Latest Release: 
Leo Laporte and Scott Schaeffer are teammates on the ice androommates off it who also share women. They’ve been coming into Kelly Chase’sbistro after games for months, and they know they want her. As the attractiongrows, the men realize they want more than a one-night stand - they wantforever.

Kelly’s not so sure. Yes, she wants both men. But apermanent ménage relationship? That’s taking giving her heart away to a wholenew level, and a chance she’s hesitant to take. Then Leo is injured and Scott’son the trading block, and she realizes this may be her only shot at true,everlasting love.

There are so many questions swirling around inside Kelly’shead. Can she believe in Leo and Scott’s love? And will her business and herreputation survive once people find out she’s with two men?
Get Your Copy Today From: The Siren Bookstrand

Guest Post:

Why write a series?
by Cassandra Carr

Everyone and their brother is writing series books these days. It's getting more and more difficult to find a standalone. Did you ever wonder why so many writers choose to write books in a series? Well, there are several reasons.

First, readers like to stay in one "world" and see what happens with all the characters. Readers like to have everybody fall in love, and if they're reading a standalone book where they really like one of the minor characters, they'll never know how that character's story played out. If the book is a series, though, there's a chance the writer will tell that character's story.

Second, and I probably shouldn't tell you this, but it's easier for authors. You can either make up different worlds for thirty standalone books, or you can make up three worlds for three ten-book series or five for a bunch of five-book series. Which sounds easier to you?

Third, it builds anticipation and creates a built-in audience. After all, if you read the first in a series and love it aren't you likely to buy at least the next book in the series and possibly more?

Do you like to read books in a series or do you prefer standalones?

Leo stalked into the dressing room, heading straight for the can. Just as he’d planned, by the time he got out, the second period was about to start. Tom told him he was going to continue to play Scott to see if they couldn’t salvage the game, and Leo nodded. It irked him that he’d been left out to dry, but he also knew damn well they’d done the same to Scott in the past. It was one of those weird hockey things no one could put a finger on, and Leo didn’t even try. After trundling back to the bench for the second period, his stomach growled. The noise caused his mind to wander, straight to the tall, curvy woman with a mess of curls his hands just itched to plunge into.
Right now, Kelly Chase was probably pulling her famous apple pie out of the oven at the bistro where he and Scott had been going for dinner after games for nearly a year. Thinking about seeing her made his cock harden inside his jock and he willed it down. Having a hard-on when wearing a cup was a pretty damn unpleasant experience—one he wasn’t eager to go through at the moment. He’d bet she knew he’d been pulled, but he’d also put money on the fact that if anyone made an ass-hatted comment about why, she’d shut them right up. Kelly knew her hockey, and she watched every game on the big screen TV housed behind the counter at her bistro as best she could in between cooking meals for the customers. He could almost smell her special sour cream apple pie. She only made it on home game days when she knew Leo and Scott would be coming in afterward for their postgame meal. She’d even named it after the team, calling it “Intimidating Apple Pie.” There was sure as hell nothing intimidating about it, but it was definitely sinful, which was just how he liked it. Thinking about her and her pie brought his mind to other subjects, like what she was most likely wearing that night. It drove him crazy the way she dressed in these cute little light-pink T-shirts with “Kelly’s” emblazoned on the front, right across her ample breasts. Even her chef’s clogs—also light pink—were cute. But her body wasn’t cute. It was sexy as hell. She was all bumps and curves, in all the right places. She wasn’t a dainty little thing, standing only about an inch shorter than his five foot ten, and he loved that about her.It gave him something to hold on to, should he ever be blessed with the opportunity to get into her checkered chef’s pants. Leo was jerked out of his lust-hazed stupor by the “heads up” shout from his teammates. A puck was sailing right for him, and he automatically knocked it down with his blocker before it could do any damage. He didn’t wear his goalie mask on the bench, and if his reflexes weren’t lightning quick, he would’ve taken a puck right to his grill. Head in the game, Leo.
Settling back, he watched his team tie it up by the end of the second. During intermission, Tom took both he and Scott aside and said he wanted to put Leo back in. Scott shrugged. He’d always been the more easygoing of the two men. Their combined personalities meshed well, which translated into a successful goaltending partnership and a friendship that had spanned nearly eight years. Leo stretched out and took the ice for the third. Their opponent seemed momentarily surprised by another goaltending change but recovered quickly and gave the Intimidators a challenge. In the end, Leo got the win by one goal. After accepting the congratulations of his teammates, he bopped Scott on the head as they left the ice together. “Kelly’s is on you tonight, bro,” Scott said. Leo snorted. He’d been expecting no less. “Not a problem. I hope she made apple pie.”
“She always makes apple pie if there’s a home game.” They rushed through their postgame interviews and hopped into the shower. Only a half hour after the buzzer, they were climbing into Leo’s Range Rover on their way to Kelly’s. When they walked in, she turned from behind the counter to greet them. Leo caught sight of her luscious tits straining the material of her T-shirt and his dick twitched. He quickly ran his hand over it. Down, boy.
“Hey guys. Good game, both of you.”
“Thanks,” they answered in unison, sliding onto stools.
“How about some apple pie?” Leo said, licking his lips already. An image of him nibbling pieces of it off of her flew into his head. Man, was he horny tonight…
Kelly put her hands on her hips. “You know better than that. I never let you have apple pie until after you eat a good meal.”
Leo rolled his eyes. “Fine.” Perusing the specials written on a chalkboard underneath the TV, he ordered shepherd’s pie. Scott asked for a chicken souvlaki wrap, and they settled back to relax as Kelly went into the kitchen to make their food. “I fuckin’ love those T-shirts. I’d give up a mil of my salary just to be that T-shirt for a day.”
“Don’t I know it…” Since it was late, Kelly was waiting tables herself, in addition to cooking, and both of them tracked her as she bustled around behind the counter. Coming back over, she poured them both ice waters and plopped silverware in front of them before going into the back once again. There were still a few customers, but everyone gave the Intimidators their privacy here—it was one of the reasons Leo and Scott loved to come here so much. The primary reason, of course, was Kelly herself.
 “Okay, so let’s go over everything again—make sure we’re on the same page here,” Leo urged.
“All right. Can’t hurt. We need to present a united front if we’re gonna do this.”
“Exactly. So both of us want her.” They’d been attracted to Kelly since the moment they’d laid eyes on her, but had come to the realization a few months ago that their feelings ran deeper than simple lust. Scott nodded, his eyes as determined and focused as Leo had ever seen them. “Yes, we both want her, and the only way that will work is if we share her. But we need to make it clear at some point, maybe not right up front, that we want her more than just sex.”
“And we think tonight is the night?”
“She’s definitely intrigued.” Scott paused and Leo could practically see the wheels turning in his friend’s head. “Even when we mentioned a threesome last week, she didn’t run.”
“Yeah, and did you see the expression on her face? She wants it.”
“I think so, too. But don’t forget. We can’t push her too hard. And everything one of us does affects the other. We can’t let her tear us apart, and if this thing starts to do that, we need to reconsider.”
“Agreed,” Leo answered. He held up his fist. “Even now, even with Kelly, bros over hos, man.” The two men did a quick fist bump and Leo relaxed a little.
A few minutes later, Kelly backed out of the kitchen, her arms laden with plates, and both men paused to admire her ass in her tight chef’s pants. She caught them staring and just shook her head, laughing.
Yes, they were done waiting for her to come around. It was time to put Operation Seduction into action. [Copyright 2011, Cassandra Carr]


  1. I actually own only series books LOL. I don't like getting involved with a book and then letting it go after just one.

    I know that sounds horrible, but that's what I do. I own too many books as it is, so I have to be picky.

    But if there is an author I love - then I will read ANYTHING they write - series or not. :-)

    And so far as a writer, I'm writing series books as well. I don't know if that will continue after both of my series, but I might surprise myself.

  2. I read both series and stand alones. I never choose a book based solely on that criteria. My one big issue with series is when authors don't know when to stop them or have too many spin off series. Honestly, sometimes it just gets silly! I mean, 20 books in one series and 2 or 3 spin offs? Really?

  3. Jen B - I can totally understand that. A few of my favorite authors are veering into that territory and frankly, I've stopped reading the series, because it bears little resemblance to the "heart" of the series. Thanks for stopping by!



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